Cal point guard Tyrone Wallace was picked No. 60 overall by Utah

With the final pick of the NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select Cal senior point guard Tyrone Wallace.

PG Tyrone Wallace, Drafted
Round 2, No. 60 overall
Team: Utah Jazz

Bio Info
Bakersfield High School (Bakersfield, Ga.)
6'5" (without shoes)
205 pounds

Cal Career: Before breaking his hand twice as a senior, Wallace was projected as a late-first round pick as a junior, but instead, Wallace chose to return to California for a senior season that fell short of expectations. He did, however, fulfill a promise to his late grandfather, and finished his Cal degree. Now, he becomes the seventh point guard on the Utah Jazz roster.

Wallace was the only Cal player to currently rank among the school’s all-time top 10 in scoring, assists and steals, as well as top 15 in rebounding. He is eighth in school history with 1,613 points, sixth in assists with 437, seventh in steals with 139 and 13th in rebounding with 676. Wallace is also tied for fifth in school history with 129 games played. He was selected as an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 performer as a senior.

“They got another big guard with a 7-foot wingspan,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. “Not necessarily a good shooter, but he’s more of a playmaker. Very good at pick-and-roll situations. He has a very good defensive rating among Pac-12 guards. Just a good player that can do a lot of different things and will improve as a shooter as he puts more time into it.” Wallace was ranked the No. 19 point guard in the draft, and was considered far out of the realm of being drafted, but, the Jazz took a chance on him with the final pick.

"I think the one question, every team that I’ve talked to, that Tyrone has worked out with, they love his all-around game, but the one thing they question is his ability to shoot the three-point shot, or being a better three-point shooter," said head coach Cuonzo Martin.

Wallace is not a true point guard, is more of a scorer than a shooter and is probably better playing off the ball, where he's allowed to create, cut and slash to the basket. The fact that his shooting needs work casts some doubt on him being able to develop into a two-guard, though, at the next level.

This season, Wallace led the Bears in scoring despite playing in 28 games. His shooting, though, left a bit to b desired. His 44% mark from the field (a career-high) was pulled down by a 29.8% pace from beyond the three-point arc (his worst mark since his 22.4% freshman effort), and awkward jump shooting mechanics should be a concern, however, those mechanics have improved every year in Cal.

Wallace makes most of his hay in the paint, as the lefty shooter can finish at the rim with both hands. He has excellent body control while in the air, though he can get a bit out of control at times. He has a thin frame, but is stronger than he looks, and is very aggressive attacking the basket, as well as a conscientious defender, using his length to clog up passing lanes.

As much as he drives the lane, and as good as he is as a ball handler (he's very comfortable breaking the press and taking defenders off the dribble) he's a very poor foul shooter, hitting 64.9% as a senior -- a high-water mark for his career.

As a senior, Wallace's stats on the whole took a step back, as he averaged 5.3 rebounds per game (down from 7.1 as a junior), 1.0 steals (1.3 as a junior) and 15.3 points (down from 17.1 as a junior).

As a junior, Wallace shot 42.5% from the field (44.9% from inside the arc), and 31.8% from three-point range, while pulling down those 7.1 boards per game.

That season, Wallace started all 33 games, and earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors, and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, honoring the National Point Guard of the Year.

Wallace was the only individual in the Pac-12 to rank in the top five in points (4th, 17.1 ppg.), rebounds (5th, 7.1) and assists (5th, 4.0) in 2014-15 season.

He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association all-district teams, and earned two Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. He was also the Lute Olson National Player of the Week on Dec. 8. 

As a sophomore, Wallace played in all 35 games with 34 starts, and his 11.4 points per game ranked third on the team. He led the Bears in steals (44) and three-point field goals made (43), and ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in steals per game (1.26 spg).

“Tyrone reminds me a lot of Jalen Rose," said Martin. "Jalen Rose was a legitimate 6-8 at the point guard position, and Tyrone is 6-5, but he reminds me a lot of Jalen Rose, both left-handed guys. Jalen had great size. Jalen was probably a better all-around scorer at the point guard position than Tyrone, and a better three-point shooter, and he could post up a little bit. Very similar.” Top Stories